How to Prepare for a Child Custody Evaluation

Even though you may be a wonderful parent, the thought of a child custody evaluation will likely cause some anxiety. No one wants a trained professional assessing their parenting skills — especially when something as important as parenting time is on the line. Thankfully, the divorce lawyers at Sumner & Associates, P.C. are here to [...]

By |2018-09-20T21:00:04+00:00August 21st, 2018|Family Law|Comments Off on How to Prepare for a Child Custody Evaluation

5 Best Interest Factors the Courts Consider When Determining Custody

While a couple often chooses to divorce for their own personal needs, child custody matters are an entirely different story. Neither parent’s personal preference will carry much weight: what will be considered is the best interests of the child. The court takes into account several “best interest factors” when making that judgment. Here we’ll discuss [...]

By |2018-08-09T08:24:47+00:00July 12th, 2018|Family Law|Comments Off on 5 Best Interest Factors the Courts Consider When Determining Custody

Social Media and Divorce: How Your Posts Can Impact Your Case

When you’re going through a separation from your spouse, it’s important to consider how social media and divorce connect. Most people these days are active on social media websites: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. It’s become increasingly common to post personal information about your life, family, and frustrations. But be careful about what you post when going through a divorce. Your social [...]

By |2018-04-12T21:09:46+00:00April 12th, 2018|Family Law|Comments Off on Social Media and Divorce: How Your Posts Can Impact Your Case

Dower Rights in Real Property

By definition, a dower is the portion of a deceased husband's real property allowed to his widow for her lifetime. Traditionally, dower rights were a way by which a husband or his family could support a wife and children in the event that she should become a widow. Today, most states in the United States [...]

By |2018-07-02T09:01:06+00:00February 9th, 2016|Family Law, Real Estate|Comments Off on Dower Rights in Real Property

Parental Responsibility

“Every child has the right to a parent-child relationship with both parents” If the mother is married, either when she becomes pregnant or the child is born, her husband is considered to be the father (unless a court has determined otherwise). But what if the mother is not married? If the mother is not married, [...]

By |2018-10-17T15:05:54+00:00October 7th, 2015|Family Law|Comments Off on Parental Responsibility

Getting Divorced In Michigan

Michigan Divorce Attorney Discusses Getting Divorced In Michigan The decision to end a marriage never comes at a convenient time. The amount of anxiety and turmoil that accompanies separating a marriage or family can seemingly take over your life. I understand that you have questions about the divorce process, legal separation, or child custody matters. [...]

By |2018-04-04T11:17:10+00:00February 3rd, 2015|Family Law|Comments Off on Getting Divorced In Michigan

Pre-divorce financial planning

Pre-divorce financial planning for the secondary or non wage earner It is common to ignore the danger signs in a marital relationship. Nobody likes to think that their marriage is in danger of dissolving. Facing reality and planning ahead, however, can avoid unnecessary stress. The following are some financial planning recommendations which, although not pertinent [...]

By |2019-02-01T07:22:16+00:00October 15th, 2014|Family Law, Information Center|Comments Off on Pre-divorce financial planning

All About Living Trust

Understanding Living Trusts-Avoiding Probate and Saving on Taxes If something happens to me, who has control? If you and your spouse are co-trustees, either can automatically act if the other becomes disabled or dies. If something happens to both of you, your hand picked successor trustee steps into your shoes and acts pursuant to your [...]

By |2018-04-04T11:25:09+00:00October 15th, 2014|Family Law, Information Center|Comments Off on All About Living Trust

Divorce Process

Speak with a Metro Detroit Divorce Attorney The attorneys at Sumner & Associates, P.C., have extensive experience with family law matters such as divorce, child custody, legal separation, alimony, domestic violence, child support, annulment, shared assets and other aspects of the painful divorce process. Our Firm offer legal aid in all family law and divorce [...]

By |2018-04-04T11:29:12+00:00October 15th, 2014|Family Law, Information Center|Comments Off on Divorce Process

ABC’s of Divorce

Divorce can be a traumatic and complex process for many couples. In part, this is due to the fear of the unknown. This page provides an outline of the divorce process and is intended to offer a simple explanation of some of the key issues involved in a divorce. How is a Divorce Started? A [...]

By |2018-09-19T13:53:41+00:00October 15th, 2014|Family Law, Information Center|Comments Off on ABC’s of Divorce